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Included here are Booker T. Washington's Up From Slavery, W. E. B.
Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk, and Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. These stirring accounts, significant testaments to our nation's past together in one volume, belong on the bookshelves of everyone interested in African-American history.
A firm believer in the value of education as the best route to advancement, Washington disapproved of civil-rights agitation and in so doing earned the opposition of many black intellectuals. Yet, he is today regarded as a major figure in the struggle for equal rights, one who founded a number of organizations to further the cause and who worked tirelessly to educate and unite African Americans.
Born and raised a slave, Booker T. Washington rose from subjugation to become the voice of post-Reconstruction black America.
In his 1901 autobiography, Washington chronicles more than forty years of his life, from his childhood on a Virginia plantation to founding an Alabama school for freedmen and minorities. At the heart of Washington’s teachings were the inspiring qualities he himself possessed in order to climb: self-reliance, hard work, perseverance, and a passion for education.
Up from Slavery is critical, insightful reading for understanding the African American experience at the turn of the twentieth century.
Revised edition: Previously published as Up from Slavery, this edition of Up from Slavery (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
While many have criticized Washington's accommodationist views, an earlier autobiography, The Story of My Life, tells a slightly different story. In contrast to Up from Slavery, the audience was primarily rural blacks, with distribution limited to a subscription market covering rural parts of the south. There are notable differences between the two texts and what they chose to include or omit. In Story, for instance, Washington recounts an incident in which he witnessed his uncle being whipped with a cowhide. This anecdote was conspicuously absent from Up from Slavery, as it could be construed as an accusation against the southern whites he wished to placate. Story also includes an entire chapter on self-help, in which he describes in detail the first Tuskegee Negro Conference and step-by-step ways in which blacks could change their condition through taking control of their public and private life. Leaving this chapter out of Up from Slavery has more appeal to northern activists who prefer to see blacks as helpless victims in need of outside support.
Story's manuscript, written by black ghostwriter Edgar Webber, was full of errors, and Washington revised the book a year later to improve the style, clarify confusing sections, and add detail. Even so, Story was very popular among black readers and outsold Up from Slavery for several years. In 1901 Nichols claimed to have sold 75,000 copies of Story, while by 1903 Doubleday, Page, & Co. claimed to have sold just 30,000 copies of Up from Slavery. However, it is only the latter autobiography that is well known today.
Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856 – 1915) was an American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community. Washington was from the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery and became the leading voice of the former slaves and their descendants.
A Slave Among Slaves
The Struggle For An Education
The Reconstruction Period
Black Race And Red Race
Early Days At Tuskegee
Teaching School In A Stable And A Hen-House
Anxious Days And Sleepless Nights
A Harder Task Than Making Bricks Without Straw
Making Their Beds Before They Could Lie On Them
Two Thousand Miles For A Five-Minute Speech
The Atlanta Exposition Address
The Secret Of Success In Public Speaking
In this eloquently written book, Washington describes his impoverished childhood and youth as a child in bondage, and the difficulties he faced in his unrelenting struggle for an education. These challenges helped propel him into a dedicated obsession with the Hampton Institute until he achieved being enrolled there as a student. He covers his early teaching assignments and his work establishing vocational schools, including his selection in 1881 as the head of the famed Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, designed to help black people and other disadvantaged minorities learn useful and marketable skills to help them find jobs and pull themselves up as a race.
Reflecting on the generosity of teachers and philanthropists who helped educate blacks and Native Americans, Washington describes his efforts to instill manners, health and a feeling of dignity to students. His educational philosophy of education as the best route to advancement stressed combining academic subjects with learning a trade, believing that the integration of practical subjects helped reassure the white community as to the usefulness of educating black people.
Washington disapproved of civil-rights agitation thereby facing the opposition of many black intellectuals. Yet today he’s regarded as a major figure in the struggle for equal rights, who furthered the cause and worked tirelessly to educate and unite African Americans.
Booker T. Washington (5 Books) is a collection of works by the American educator, author, orator, and adviser to several presidents of the United States.
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Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African American community and of the contemporary black elite. Washington was from the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery and became the leading voice of the former slaves and their descendants. They were newly oppressed in the South by disenfranchisement and the Jim Crow discriminatory laws enacted in the post-Reconstruction Southern states in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Booker T. Washington (5 Books) collection includes:
- Up from Slavery: An Autobiography
- Character Building
- The Future of the American Negro
- Putting the Most Into Life
- The Story of My Life and Work